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Ponder, Peterson help Vikings rally

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Nov 8, 2013 at 6:01 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson ran for 75 yards and two scores and the Minnesota Vikings stopped the Washington Redskins at the 4 in the final seconds to hold on for a 34-27 victory Thursday night.

Christian Ponder went 17 for 21 for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception before leaving late in the third quarter with an injured left shoulder. John Carlson had seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings.

Ponder was hurt late in the third quarter when he scrambled for 14 yards and dived toward the pylon, exposing his upper body to two defenders as he rolled out of bounds. The call on the field was a touchdown, but as Ponder walked off in pain in care of trainer Eric Sugarman, the replay officials reversed the ruling to give the Vikings the ball at the 1.

Robert Griffin III was 24 for 37 for 281 yards and three touchdowns for the Redskins, who led 27-14 early in the third quarter. But Santana Moss couldn't get his second foot in bounds on a pass in the corner of the end zone on fourth down, giving Minnesota the victory.

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